ISTE20Digital Leadership
Summit at ISTE20 Live
ISTE21Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Saturday, October 10, 9:00–11:00 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)

MAIN STAGE: Creative Constructor Lab Virtual Closing Ceremonies



Celebrate an amazing week by listening to educator talks focused on student success stories, reflect on what you have learned, and hear from attendees about their experience!

Kurt Klynen
Reflection [10:18] , [46:27]

Ken Shelton [14:06]
The Courage To Be Creative
We often hear the word creative used throughout many professional circles, especially education. While many educators know how important it is to be creative, how often do we ask ourselves why? What is the importance of it and why should it matter? This talk will examine how creativity can often be the most important catalyst for learning, personalized empowerment, and a critical foundation for building a strong learning community culture.

Nina Jackson [29:20]
Sketchadoodle presentation

John Sammon and Tara Koehler [37:05]
Together Apart: Community Projects

Christina Zientek [42:34]
AR/VR Project Showcase

Attendee Inspiration Video [50:48]

Implementation: Taking it to Your Students [1:07:25]
A panel talk

Seeds of Inspiration [1:42:36]
Hear from the Creative Constructor Lab community about how they are taking what they learned back into the classroom

Bloopers! [2:04:10]


Kwaku Aning, San Diego Jewish Academy

Kwaku Aning describes himself as a storyteller and says it took two decades in education to home in on this role. After having a variety of roles in the education world -- teacher, consultant, administrator -- in public, private and charter schools, he realized the common thread was storytelling. Whether it’s helping students share their stories through performing music or working with teachers to help students to share their perspectives through technology, Kwaku believes storytelling is the best way to learn and share content. As the director at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (CIET) at San Diego Jewish Academy, Kwaku takes pride in finding cool new ways for teachers and students to share their stories through digital, analog and unconventional methods.

Camilla Gagliolo, ISTE

Camilla Gagliolo is the senior director of event content at ISTE, planning the program for the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo as well as ISTE’s regional events. She’s worked as the instructional technology coordinator for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning for students. Her passion for innovation in education has made her an international leader in implementing new technologies in all curriculum areas. She’s presented at numerous national and international conferences on technology integration, foreign and immersion language learning, digital portfolio creation, multimedia integration and the use of emergent and mobile technologies in instructional environments. She’s also presented and led workshops on technology integration at international conferences, including the ISTE Conference & Expo, the Virginia Society for Technology in Education annual conference, the Educational Collaborative for International Schools Conference and the Future of Education Technology Conference.

Michael Hernandez, Mira Costa High School

Michael Hernandez is an award-winning cinema and journalism teacher in Los Angeles whose work focuses on digital storytelling, media literacy and social justice. As an author, keynote speaker and consultant, he helps educators empower students to find passion and purpose in their learning so they can make a positive impact in their communities. Hernandez believes in the transformative potential of technology in the classroom, and his presentations at conferences in the U.S. and abroad for CUE, ISTE, SXSW EDU and Apple Education focus on tech integration and innovative teaching and learning strategies. He also leads students and teachers on documentary trips to Vietnam, Cuba and Cambodia as part of an experiential learning program. Hernandez is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and PBS Digital Innovator. Follow him on Twitter: @cinehead, Instagram: @changing.the.narrative and at

Nina Jackson, Independent Thinking Ltd

Education is a world of very special people but you will meet few as extra special as Nina ‘Ninja’ Jackson. An award-winning motivational speaker, education consultant, trainer, author and coach using creativity, curiosity and compassion as her winning tools for any classroom. She has had global impact with her work in the areas of mental and emotional health as well as special educational needs and disabilities. Whether receiving standing ovations from audiences of school leaders or working with teachers and pupils, Nina brings warmth, humanity, honesty, humour and fun to every environment, making a truly lasting impression wherever she goes.

Carla Jefferson, Darlington County Virtual AcadEmy

Carla Malloy Jefferson is an instructional technology coordinator for the Darlington County School District in South Carolina and co-host of the “#dcsdtransforms” podcast. A 23-year veteran educator, she has been a classroom teacher, curriculum facilitator and school-level administrator. Jefferson is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Certified Apple Learning Specialist, Google Certified Educator/Trainer/Innovator, Google CS First facilitator, Remind Connected Educator and a member of the Remind Advisory Board. She’s a champion for digital equity and is passionate about supporting educators in innovatively integrating technology into the curriculum, always putting pedagogy first. Jefferson currently serves as a member of the South Carolina ASCD board, is the past-chair of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) Instructional Technology Roundtable and is a member of the ISTE Digital Equity PLN.

Kurt Klynen, Joy Of Professional Learning

Kurt Klynen started his career in education nearly two decades ago. Today, he develops learning experiences and teacher support materials that are both simple and elegant using Apple technology, tools and apps to improve student engagement and outcomes. He’s passionate about building and delivering technology-based instructional materials, curriculum or professional learning programs for educators and education institutions.


Tara Koehler is currently a STEAM Professional Development Specialist and NYSCATE Member. Tara has helped write curriculum in the district for over a decade across the subject areas. Prior to her current position, Tara was a pioneer teacher to the implementation of Design Thinking, Genius Hour, flexible seating, classroom Makerspace, and inquiry based learning in her school. In her current position, utilizing the Backwards Design Approach to curriculum development, she coaches teachers and develops STEAM units of study. She models the use of Design Thinking, PBL and STEAM approaches.

James McCrary, Episcopal School of Baton Rouge

James McCrary is the director of technology and innovation at the St. James Episcopal Day School in Baton Rouge. He has a background as a social studies educator and technology specialist. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator and Common Sense Media Certified Educator, McCrary is passionate about integrating technology skills into the classroom and positively impacting students globally. McCrary presents at local, state and international conferences on innovation in education, with a focus on 3D development, especially for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). He also hosts "The VR Podcast" with several educational leaders throughout the U.S., discussing how immersion technology is impacting education and business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Megan McMahon, ISTE

Megan McMahon is a senior events manager with ISTE helping shape amazing educator content and experiences like the Creative Constructor Lab event. In the past, she’s been Teacher Resident with the Teachers Guild out of IDEO, a 10-year Art Educator in SFUSD, Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Bolivia, and a Designer and Art Director with Anderson & Lembke Advertising. Megan was a Co-founder of Beyond Borders Storytelling, is an artist, and is always seeking that elusive San Francisco sun. She believes that changes in education will come from inside school communities from the ground up.

John Sammon, Wappingers Central Schools District

John Sammon is currently a STEAM Professional Development Specialist in Wappingers Central School District and a NYSCATE member. John has also been a Literacy Coach and a District Wide Professional Development Specialist within the Poughkeepsie City School District. In his current position, through the use of a residency request model, he coaches teachers and develops STEAM units of study, the curated compilations aid teachers through planning, and differentiating approaches to integrated studies. He models the use of Design Thinking, PBL and STEAM approaches to help student’s practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Kenneth Shelton, Elevate Education Inc.

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken regularly gives keynotes and leads workshops, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Anti-Bias/Anti-Racist, Equity and Inclusion, Multimedia Literacy, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is the ISTE Digital Equity PLN 2018 Excellence Award winner. Ken is currently a Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist.

Christina Zientek, MsZentech

"Ms. Z.," as her students affectionately call her, is a creative digital powerhouse. After 20 years of leadership in media production and graphic design, she followed her true calling into the classroom. Her innovative technology techniques energize and engage the toughest students, inviting them to express themselves digitally in their chosen learning styles. Zientek is an Adobe Certified Expert, a Google Certified Educator, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in instructional design and technology.

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